Infiniti to get its own luxury EV

Nissan may have gotten its feet wet with the Leaf all-electric hatchback, but the company is looking to fully take the plunge with the Infiniti LE Concept. While the LE is currently being shown in concept form, Nissan's luxury division says that a production version of the car will be released in 2014.
The LE is loosely based on the Leaf, and makes use of a 134hp/240 lb-ft electric motor. The motor is fed via a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Infiniti says that the LE has a driving range of 100 miles.
What's most interesting however, is that in addition to the standard DC 50 kW quick charging system, Infiniti could also offer a wireless charging system that can be installed in a home garage.

"In keeping with the Infiniti challenger mentality, the LE Concept includes a built-in Wireless Charging System, which we expect to be the first home-based wireless charging system if adapted for the production version," said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. "All you have to do is park your vehicle over the charging pad with no need to connect cables."
The wireless charging system likely won't be as efficient at charging the LE as a traditional charger, but it's nice to see companies looking to advance the field in battery technology and complementary charging systems.
When it comes to styling, the LE is unlikely to win any award for originality as it looks like a Hyundai Sonata that has been left in the oven a bit too long from many angles. As for the interior, it looks close to production ready with very little needing to be changed for showroom duty.

Infiniti hasn't yet given us any details on pricing for the production version of the LE, but it should slot in somewhere between the $35,200 base price of the Nissan Leaf and the $57,400 price tag of the all-electric Tesla Model S.

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